Playing with Coloured Ice Cubes in the Snow

 coloured ice cubesWant to add colour and interest to your every day winter play?  Playing with coloured ice cubes in the snow provides lots of pretend play opportunity for toddlers and preschoolers.  Just freeze a few trays of coloured ice cubes, and the next day your kids can enjoy a morning of colourful outdoor ice play in your backyard.
coloured ice cubes

Then the temps turned really mild, and the only precipitation that we got for a couple of weeks came in the form of rain, so it was a while before we got to use our colourful cubes.  We finally got a decent amount of snow a few days ago, and we made the most of it because it wasn’t expected to last for long. 

We spent one morning tobogganing on our neighbour’s hill,

and the next morning (we’d received another couple of inches overnight), I set some of the coloured ice cubes outside with some spoons and containers, and sent the Hooligans out to investigate.  

Just look at the fun they had!   The scooped and stacked.  They set up a “candy store” and they baked “cakes”.  There may have even been a few free samples and some taste-testing going on.

They played with their coloured ice for over an hour, and finished off by decorating the snow-fort and the snow-slide that we had been working on.

What a simple way to have some colourful fun on a winter day!


  1. says

    Aww Jackie I love these photos – especially the little girl eating the snow! We have had loads of ice but no snow – yet! I just love that you went outside with the Hooligans when you could have chosen to stay inside.Thanks so much for linking up this week.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks Kierna. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the dull, grey, nasty days, but if the sun is shining, I just have to get out there and enjoy it.
      On this day, it was so warm, that I ditched my coat. The temp on my deck thermometer read 10 degrees by noon. By late afternoon the snow was pretty much gone. We have to make the most of it while we’ve got it this year, because it doesn’t stick around for long!

  2. Helen says

    We’ve done something similar this week – pinched the idea from my son’s preschool (in Southern Sweden) By filling milk cartons and small juice cartons with coloured water. you can then build a fantasy castle! Apparently they look really amazing if you put a tealight candle inside the castle … The nights have been too dark, too quickly, to try this yet and our golden retriever keeps taking the blocks off and crunching them, but we have high hopes of a castle this weekend … (Oh, the orange ones didn’t freeze, mix of red and yellow food colourings of course, but the green and purple ones are really pretty)

  3. says

    Lovely, we make ice art all the time, but not this winter. We has such a mild winter.
    Helen I’m originally from Norway and also was inspired by all the fun stuff they do outdoor at daycare and preschools.
    Here is our ice castle :
    I also have an Outdoor Valentine link up too, great for making fun ice art

    • happyhooligans says

      Love your ice castle, Kari! Thanks for sharing with us. I’ve shared it on my facebook page. :) Hopefully you’ll get some wintery weather yet!

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Tiffany! So glad you found us! The kiddos had a great time with this activity! Crossing fingers for you to get some snow soon so you can give it a try!


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